M$ to license FAT

cbbrowne-HInyCGIudOg at public.gmane.org cbbrowne-HInyCGIudOg at public.gmane.org
Sun Dec 7 17:42:50 UTC 2003

> Le 5 Décembre 2003 18:21, James Knott a écrit :
> > cbbrowne-HInyCGIudOg at public.gmane.org wrote:
> > >>As the title says. Impact on Linux ?
> > >
> > > If the claims are true, that there are "live" patents still in place on
> > > FAT, then it is conceivable that there might be patent infringments, or
> > > at least places where MSFT could _claim_ that there are.
> > >
> > > Of course, FAT is pretty much derivative of CP/M filesystems, so it is
> > > more than likely that any conceivable patents would have to have been
> > > filed in the '80s, and thus would have, at most, 3 more years to run.
> >
> > The only place I use FAT, is on systems that also run Windows.  So, if
> > those partitions are created by Windows and just happen to be accessed
> > by Linux, would that be a patent violation?
> I heard that the swap filesystem is build from FAT. Is that true?

No, certainly not.  Whomever said that was speaking ignorant nonsense.

A swap partition has a much more minimal structure than FAT offers.
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